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You Forgot Canada – A Commentary

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November 26, 2020
You Forgot Canada – A Commentary

The last straw came following the 2020 Emmys. When a Canadian TV comedy called Schitt’s Creek swept the annual American TV awards, the PBS NewsHour didn’t even mention it. They covered the awards, but only the American winners were named. Okay, before you tuck into your private corner to ask what a Canadian has to complain...
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Western Canada’s First Labour Daily – A RadioLabour Interview

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October 17, 2020
Western Canada’s First Labour Daily – A RadioLabour Interview

The Rossland Evening World in British Columbia was the first daily labour newspaper in Western Canada and possibly the whole country. Labour historian Ron Verzuh discusses the World and the lessons it has for modern labour journalism.  Duration: 8’04”.  Posted: October 16, 2020. Also available at rabble.ca/podcasts. Read the interview text here: Hear the interview...
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A-Bomb film recognized

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September 14, 2019
A-Bomb film recognized

Codename Project 9 continues to win film festival recognition with an “official selection” at the Vegas Movie Awards Festival in Las Vegas. It didn’t make the final cut at this new “prestigious monthly competition and annual film festival,” but is listed among the selections posted on the festival’s web site. You now can see...
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Codename P9 is official selection in New York

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April 8, 2019
Codename P9 is official selection in New York

Codename Project 9, my short documentary film on the role of the Trail, B.C., smelter in making the atomic bomb, was judged an “official selection” at the Dumbo Film Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y.  From dumbofilmfestival.com: “Dumbo Film Festival (DFF) is a yearly event structured in monthly contests. Every month, each of the categories will be awarded and...
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Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

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January 9, 2018
Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

The other day a friend at the gym mentioned that he had been watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War. “I was on the wrong side,” he concluded repeating a phrase heard in the film. “We didn’t know what we were fighting for and they had everything to fight for.” Not all...
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Vietnam War Truths vs. Iraq War Propaganda

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January 9, 2018
Vietnam War Truths  vs. Iraq War Propaganda

America is a confusing place to live at the best of times, but in Trump times it gets even more puzzling. Are we really back to Cold War nuclear arms rattling? Are the top generals serious about reviving the notion of a winnable nuclear war? Are we any safer in this Twitter-riddled circus than...
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On Surviving Trump – Living in America Series

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January 26, 2017
On Surviving Trump – Living in America Series

“To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.” That’s one of 20 pieces of advice from Timothy Snyder,...
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Joe Hill and Salt official selections

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March 20, 2016
Joe Hill and Salt official selections

My two short documentary films, Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and Remembering Salt, are official selections in the 2016 Reel Work Labor Film Festival. They will be screened on Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., at the Service Employees International Union Hall, 517 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA. See www.reelwork.org . Coming this summer My...
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New film on B.C. labor martyr Ginger Goodwin

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May 11, 2015
New film on B.C. labor martyr Ginger Goodwin

A new documentary film takes us back to the early 1900s in the coal mining regions of Vancouver Is. where labor martyr Ginger Goodwin spent his last days before being shot and killed by a special police constable. Goodwin’s Way revisits that labor history through a modern-day lens focused on the struggle to keep...
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Indiegogo starts Salt fundraiser

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January 22, 2015
Indiegogo starts Salt fundraiser

My second history film, Remembering Salt, is in the editing stages now. We have funding to complete most of the work but could use some help with post-production and distribution costs. If you want to make a contribution, go to this site: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/remembering-salt-cold-war-in-a-canadian-town/x/9665858  
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